A lot of people don’t appreciate the value that regular checkups can bring to your boat. As with cars, well maintained boats with a full service history will often have a much higher resale value, not to mention the other benefits such as lower fuel costs, better performance and having a great looking boat!
With this in mind there are a couple of small things you can do on a regular basis to help keep your boat in top condition, as well as reducing the chances of getting a nasty shock when things go wrong.
The first thing to cover is…
Get your boat serviced regularly
While there are some things you can do yourself, the one thing that is generally best left to the professionals in the servicing. Even if you fancy yourself as a bit of a handyman, professional servicing will not only make sure that things are done correctly, but will also add to the value of the boat through the full service history.
Each boat will have different levels of servicing required at different intervals so the best thing to do is to check in the handbook for the manufacturers guidelines.
The advantage of the regular services is that they check a lot of the electronics that are vital to the smooth running of the boat. If these electronics and sensors are not checked correctly they can create some tricky situations. Imagine being out at sea with a fuel level sender that’s giving an incorrect reading and you can see how important it is to make sure these things are working.
Regular servicing offers peace of mind when it comes to these things, helping to avoid costly breakdowns and improve the general performance of the boat.
Things you do yourself
As well has having your boat serviced regularly there are a couple of things you can do yourself to help keep it running smoothly, as with all maintenance it’s important to run through the handbook maintenance. While these things apply generally, there may specific requirements for your kind of boat and knowing this beforehand is important.
Keep your boat clean
The cleaner your boat the better the performance. Keeping the hull clean can reduce drag in the water and lead to lower fuel costs and less strain on the motor. A regular clean can help reduce environmental damage and prevent stains that can be caused by a build up of dirt.
Check your oil
Clean oil can help to increase the performance on lifespan of your motor. Fortunately checking and changing the oil on a motor is not as difficult as you may imagine. There will most likely be detailed instructions in your handbook either for the boat or the motors depending on your situation.
Check your propeller
Fishing line caught round a propeller can be very damaging and regularly checking your propeller can help avoid any unnecessary expense.
Also be on the lookout for any physical damage to the propeller. This is another thing that can affect the performance of your boat and lead to increased fuel costs.
There are a whole load of things you can do to keep your boat in top condition. These are just a few things that can be done fairly easily and offer a great return on investment in terms of value, performance, running costs and lifespan.